2017 Brain Bee Challenge

The Brain Institute is certainly full of a huge variety of international research projects ranging from students studying animal models of depression, the impact of alcohol on pregnancy and my personal favourite, a young man applying mathematical and physics theory to biology. He attempted to explain and predict Ca++ ions release during an action potential in a neurone using Einstein’s diffusion equation. It certainly was a stimulating day and would inspire many students to consider scientific research as a future possibility.  QAHS Year 10 students, Tom Haseler, Trinity Johnstone and Shade’ Solomona (pictured L-R above), performed very strongly in a tough field and we will definitely be back to compete again next year.

“On the 18th of July, Trinity, Tom and I, accompanied by Ms. Hammerton, attended the Brain Bee challenge in Brisbane, at the Queensland Brain Institute. The lengthy drive was worth it – we completed a number of team challenges, interacted with other students from across Queensland and tested our individual knowledge with a variety of questions. We also had the exciting opportunity to tour the QBI. We saw EEG and TMS technology in action, a zebra fish under a light sheet microscope, and a variety of animal brains throughout the laboratories. Over all, it was a fantastic day, and even though we were not successful in the individual challenges, we were however, successful in earning a place in the top 7 teams. The Brain Bee challenge was a great experience that I will certainly not forget.”
Shade’ Solomona – Year 10

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Ms Christine Hammerton
Psychology Teacher

Brain Bee